In 1990, the then Prime Minister John Major talked of creating a truly ‘classless society’. Thirty years later, Boris Johnson’s government continue to raise the issue in parliament. We may have seen social mobility initiatives across government and business but the question remains – does social mobility exist in the UK?
Join us for a discussion of this and the barriers preventing the delivery of a society based on meritocracy. The discussion will be led by General Secretary of the Free Speech Union and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Rise and Fall of the Meritocracy, Toby Young, Professor Kate Pickett, the co-founder of the Equality Trust, and Alan Lane, the Artistic Director of Slung Low – a Leeds theatre company based in the oldest Working Men’s Club in Britain, housing a running theatre, a college and food bank.